George Lucas On Being Productive At Writing

I have always found the following comments from George Lucas on what Francis Ford Coppola told him about writing a script to be helpful.  Apparently the conversation happened early in Lucas’ career, sometime in the 1970s.  I wish I had a link or a book to quote from directly, but I don’t recall where I read this.

The basic idea was was the following:

  • Sprint out the rough sketch of the story as fast as possible.
  • Don’t slow down and try to perfect it.
  • Don’t agonize about the details.
  • Just get something rough out there on paper and then take it from there.

This has helped me tremendously in the creative endeavors of my life.  What do you think?  Would this approach help you get things moving?

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